Fostering an animal means you are temporarily looking after an animal that is owned by the Branch. The Branch will supply everything the animal needs whilst in your care and all the relevant veterinary treatment will also be covered.
Adopting an animal means you are taking on full ownership of the animal and once the paperwork has been signed, that animal then becomes your responsibility.
No, you cannot come and pick out a particular animal however you may specify what type of animal you are able to foster such as dogs, cats or small animals. We will contact you to let you know when we have an animal that needs fostering and will ask you if you are able to accept, however you do not have to say yes every time. Please be aware though, that too many declines may result in someone else being asked first.
There is no set time scale for fostering as this really depends on the animal itself. Every situation is different however, we will ask you for your availability before we give you an animal to foster. If you have any holidays booked, let us know so we can plan ahead. This will also help us decide what animal may be best for you to foster, due to your availability.
No, all equipment, medication and food is supplied by the Branch and we will restock this as and when required. Any toys or enrichment equipment will be brought and supplied based on Branch funds. If you need to attend an emergency vet appointment, the vets will invoice the Branch directly; no costs will need to be paid up front at the time of any vet appointment. If you start to run out of supplies, please give us a minimum of 7 days notice so we can restock these for you.